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Hurricane Sandy: Rebuilding and Moving Forward

November 2012

The Hurricane hit the East End at approximately 3 PM on Monday October 29th. 

At about noon on Monday the 29th, the winds started howling, limbs from trees were flying, wires from the electric poles came down and the power promptly went out at 3 PM. I was at home, completely prepared for what was to come. We had stocked up on water, paper plates and cups, food rations, batteries and hurricane lamps. Scott, my husband, was out checking on our cottages on Lazy Point in Napeague, Amagansett. Upon arrival to the area, surveying the rising waters and finding residents trying to evacuate, he immediately donned his wet suit, helmet and went into his Ocean Rescue Life Guard mode and with the help of Ed Cashin (who is also a resident of the Lazy Point area) helped about one dozen elderly residents and children escape the area to Town of East Hampton transportation that was waiting on higher ground. The water was shoulder deep at some points and many of the people and their animals were evacuated in canoes and kayaks. 

With my children, Emma, 9, and James, 6, I waited for a lull and ran to our neighbor's house. They had a generator  there, so we all rode out the rest of the storm, enjoying a group dinner and playing charades. Scott joined us at dusk and reported on the situation outside. By midnight the winds abated and the worst was over, but when we woke up the next morning I realized how fortunate the East End was -- I could tell we were spared a direct hit. It was not until two days later, that I was able to watch the news and learned of the horrible damage to Staten Island, New Jersey and Manhattan. My children were lucky -- we went trick or treating on the 31st in the Town of East Hamptons' Main Street. The area was filled with residents who needed to get out of their dark homes and be with the community and the stores obliged by being well stocked with candy and goodies for the kids. It was a reassuring and heartwarming evening.

The worst problem for the East End has been the lack of power, cable and water for many. Many houses were lost to the sea on the ocean-side and a few on the bays, too. Our beaches and coast line were not spared from the damages from the surge and waves.Our precious bays appear intact, but I have not yet gotten out on a paddle board, as I am knee deep in mothering my community and my children! It is sad and upsetting, but as a community the East End will rebuild, help others and have started to collectively assemble goods for those in need. Paddle Diva has joined forces with B-East on the South Fork and The Giving Room on the North Fork and asks anyone with donations to please drop their items off at either location. 

I am personally inviting anyone who needs help to reach out to me and I will do whatever I can to help. Currently we are housing a single mother with two girls from the Springs. It is a great way to share the luck we had when our power came back on. I love cooking meals and having friends over who want a healthy meal or hot shower. So please let me know what I can do to help! I can be reached on my cell: 516-383-2296 or via email: gina@paddlediva.com

Please look at our gallery for some shots of the storm

Best,

Gina

 

 

 

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